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System Shock 2 (Windows)

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Written by  :  Mattias Kreku (423)
Written on  :  Jul 22, 2003
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

Scary, frustrating and unbelievably good.

The Good

The game sets you as a soldier, fighting a battle for a doomed space ship. In the beginning of the game you're overwhelmed by the amount of character developing decisions you have to make, but in the end it really doesn't matter since so much of what happens in the game is in your own hands and not in the statistics of your character. System Shock 2 offers horror sequences, tough to solve puzzles, a lot of FPS action and RPG-style character development. It's very easy to get lost and become frustrated in that huge spaceship with all its dark corners and narrow passageways, but if you give this game enough time it will surely scare the living crap out of you and give you one hell of a pleasant ride, that's a promise.

The Bad

The weapon deterioration! You fired a clip with your pistol and the pistol fell to pieces. At least that's how it felt. Fortunately, an unsupported fix to this problem arrived on the internet soon after the game was released. It sure made the game better for me at least!

The Bottom Line

One of the scariest, most gruelling games of all time. The graphics were fantastic back in the day and it can still hold its own in this genre. It was actually only a few months ago that I managed to complete this game after having it installed on the same system since 1999!